Certificate Program


The ledger of financial strategy

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Certificate Description

Understand the bottom line of your organization

Help build its future. In our four-course accounting certificate program you learn to analyze transactions, prepare financials, and explore complex issues so you can collaborate with management and communicate financial needs of an organization. This is a great foundation for someone interested in pursuing a career as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA®) or Certified Management Accountant (CMA®). Start building your career network with working professionals in the area.

Accounting certificate program objectives

  • Analyze transactions
  • Prepare financial statements
  • Understand complex accounting issues—investments revenue recognition, leases, bonds, and pensions; and
  • Collaborate with management to analyze and plan organizational financial needs.

Cost: $ 3,255
Required Credits: Total Required: 4 courses/16 units. End with certificate of completion review.
Duration: A full-time student can complete the certificate in 6–12 months.


Course Units Fall Winter Spring Summer
1. Required Courses
Intermediate Accounting I 4.0
Intermediate Accounting II 4.0
Introduction to Accounting I: Financial Accounting 4.0
Introduction to Accounting II: Managerial Accounting 4.0
2. Required Certificate Review
Accounting Certificate Completion Fee None

Requisite Knowledge

Please review the course descriptions to ensure that you have taken necessary prerequisites or meet the requirements through job experience or previous education.

Professional Development

Professional Credit

Courses may qualify for professional education or recertification credit for the:

  • State Board of California minimum continuing legal education (MCLE),
  • HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®),
  • Professional in Human Resources® (PHR®),
  • Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), and
  • Global Professional in Human Resources® (GPHR®).

Please verify with your professional organization for more information.

Become a CPA® or a CMA®.

If you’ve completed the UCSC Extension Accounting certificate, explore our CPA® preparation courses.

Earn grad school credit

Want to apply for an M.S. or an M.B.A? Some of our courses are recognized for credit at graduate programs.

Program Chair


DIANNE V. CONRY, M.S. in financial accounting, CPA, is a consultant with Kranz & Associates and has more than 20 years of accounting experience both in public accounting and in private industry. She is an experienced instructor and has taught financial accounting at several area colleges.

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